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Dr Shabir Choudhry

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Writer is Chairman Diplomatic Committee of JKLF, Director Institute of Kashmir Affairs and author of many books on Kashmir.

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Pakistan after Benazir Bhuttoo Dr Shabir Choudhry

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M.Saeed

Pakistan

01 January, 2008

Why she offered the bullseye?

We have a horrible history of losing our top leaders under mysterious circumstances, which always remain un-solved. The latest unfortunate incident of gruesome daylight killing of Ms Benazir Bhutto at the most critical juncture of our checkered history is most appalling. While we mourn her death, it is also necessary to know the facts for avoiding getting trapped further, into ever widening quagmires. True and convincing replies to the following questions can probably clear the mystery shrouding actual circumstances responsible for Ms Benazir Bhutto's death: 1) Its obvious that, she could not have been killed without emerging from the sun-roof of her highly fortified vehicle. Then, who prompted her to make that deadly mistake? 2) Why she was not stopped from exposing herself by Mr.Amin Fahim who was sitting next to her in the vehicle, or Ms Nahid Khan, sitting on the other side? 3) Why the senior police officer of her choice, who was sitting on front seat with the driver, allowed her to take the security risk which resulted in her death? 4) How it became possible for the vehicle to stop precisely, where the shooters and bomber were located and emergence of Benazir as an easy target? It is quite obvious that, none of the other occupants of the bullet-proof vehicle could have prompted her to take the risk of facing the mob unprotected. It must be her own personal decision and all four other occupants of the vehicle would definitely know of this serious lapse. But, being her close aides, they are not expected to disclose anything which can prove her death a deadly personal mistake. Definitely, it was not possible for the suicide bombers and shooters to know, or make her emerge from the fateful roof top at the destined moment and become an easy target. It is intriguingly clear that, there was no other way for her to be killed, either by sharp shooters, bomb explosion, or accidental hitting the sun-roof latch under the impact of bomb, if she had remained inside the vehicle while it moved out of the protected rally area, where every single person was only allowed to enter, after passing through a very tight, airport type screening. Another question arises that, can any one of the four other occupants of the fateful vehicle agree and disclose at this critical juncture, if Benazir was advised against appearing from the open roof-top, or if she over-ruled the advice and took her own decision?

Anwar Mahmood

Canada

01 January, 2008

Unity comes first

FOR THE PAST DAY OR SO,I HAVE BEEN ADMIRING ASIF ZARDARI MORE THAN ANY OTHER PAKISTANI.IF YOU HAVE A MAN LIKE HIM IN SINDH AND STRONGLY SUPPORTIVE OF FEDRALISM AND THE NATION'S UNITY DESPITE HIS DEAR WIFE HAS DEMISED,PAKISTAN'S NATIONAL INTEGRITY WILL STAY INTACT.PPP HAS THE HEIR TO BB AND HE IS HER DEAR SON.IF PPP AND SIND PROVINCE CAN LIVE WITH DYNASTIES,PAK NATION SHOULD HAPPILY SIDE WITH THEIR BROTHREN SINDHIS. I AGAIN ADMIRE MR ZARDARI.HE UNDERSTANDS THAT IT IS NOT ONE PROVINCE AGAINST THE OTHER,IT IS THE SOUTH ASIAN CHARACTER IN BOTH PAKISTAN AND INDIA THAT THE STRONG AND PRIVILEGED WANT THE WEAK AND THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED TRUCKLE AND GROVEL TO THEM REGARDLESS OF THE POOR BRAINS THEY MIGHT HAVE.WE CAN SEE PRIVILEGED PUNJABIS DEIGNING UNDER-PRIVILEGED PUNJABIS. I AM A PUNJABI AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN A GREAT FAN OF BB EXCEPT HER LOOKS AND PRETTY FACE.MY NEICES(SISTER'S DAUGHTERS IN PUNJAB, PAKISTAN) ALLWAYS HAD BIG PICTURES OF BB HANGING ON THE WALLS OF THEIR HOUSE. THESE NEICES OF MINE ALLWAYS TOLD ME THAT BB WAS THEIR AUNTIE.NOW,WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINES BETWEEN NEUTRAL LOVE AND OBSSESSED LOVE FOR BB. I HAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED POLITICS RELATED LETTERS PUBLISHED ALL OVER THE WORLD AND MOST IN PAK TRIBUNE BESIDES MY WORLD CLASS PUBLICATIONS ON GAS ENGINEERING TOPICS IN THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES OF AMERICA'S LEADING KNOWLEDGE HOUSES OF GAS AND OIL.IN 2004,I HAD PUBLISHED GAS ENGINEERING RELATED PAPERS IN AMERICA'S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES OF LRGCC,GAS PROCESSORS OF AMERICA,NACE, KYOTO AND US MILITARY PUBLICATIONS.BUT,I HAVE ENJOYED PAK TRIBUNE AND VARIOUS TOPIX SPOTS IN KIND OF ESSAY WRITING MOODS AND MODES. I WAS CRITICAL OF BB IN THE BEGINNING MAINLY BECAUSE OF HER STANCE ON DR A.Q.KHAN.BUT AS SOON AS I FOUND SOME EXPLAINATION THAT SHE VINDICATED HERSELF ON THE STAND,I STARTED WRITING ABOUT BB WITH HUMOUR AND PARITY OF SUPPORT LIKE I HAD FOR OTHERS.I HAVE DEFENDED PAK MILITARY IN EACH AND EVERY LETTER LIKE IN EVERY COUNTRY AS NO COUNTRY HATES ITS LIFELINE OF ARMED FORCES. BUT I REALLY ADMIRE MR ZARDARI NOW FOR HIS FEDERATED STAND ON NATION'S UNITY. AND I HAVE SOME DEFENSE OF HIS BUSINESS FACILITATION COMMISSION.I WILL NEVER NOW CALL HIM MR TEN PERCENT AS THIS IS CALLED BUSINESS PROMOTION IN THE WEST AND IN JAPAN. EVERY COUNTRY IN AMERICA, CANADA AND EUROPE HAS 5-7 PERCENT BUSINESS PROMOTION FEE SET ASIDE FOR SUCEESFUL EXECUTION OF BUSINESS.EVEN JAPANESE DO IT.IN SOME ASIAN COUNTRIES CASE,IT IS 10 PERCENT.IN CASE OF ARAB COUNTRIES IT IS 20-30 PERCENT. YOU HAVE STRONGER CHANCE OF GETTING THIS FEE IF YOU HAVE POWER.I HAVE PERSONALLY DONE SUCCESSFUL ENGINEERING PART OF BUSINESS BETWEEN FOUR IMPORTANT ISLAMIC COUNTRIES WITH OTHERS.I HAD QUIT DOING VERY LUCRATIVE GAS ENGINEERING WORK TO GO INTO BUSINESS MODES FOR ISLAMIC NATIONS,BUT I HAD NO POLITICAL CLOUT.BUSINESS WORLD IS VERY CRUEL AND IT ONLY RESPECTS POWER AND THEN MONEY.DESPITE ME BEING A WORLD CLASS GAS ENGINEER I FAILED TO COLLECT A SINGLE PENNY EVEN WHEN I WAS GIVEN DOCUMENTS WITH OFFICIAL STAMPS.I WAS CHEATED AND CGEATED AND CHEATED.AND I SPENT MY HARD EARNED CANADIAN MONEY FROM MY ENGINEERING CONSULTING ON TRIPS AND UNLIMITED PHONE CALLS.I HAD TO SPEND FROM MY OWN POCKET EXCEPT IN IRAN, WHO AT LEAST PAID ALL MY EXPENSES.I MAY EVEN GET PAID IN THEIR CASE. BUT,DUE TO MY RESPECT FOR ALL ISLAMIC COUNTRIES,I WOULD HATE TO MENTION THEIR NAMES.I WANT TO BE VISITING THERE IN ALL OF ISLAMIC WORLD AND THEY WILL ALLWAYS BE VERY DEAR TO ME. ALL BUSINESSES IN THE WEST AND JAPAN HAVE SET ASIDE BUSINESS PROMOTION FEE OF 5 PERCENT UPWARDS(20-30 PERCENT FOR ARAB COUNTRIES)AND POWERFUL POLITICAL PEOPLE OR MILITARY GENERALS OF THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES HAVE BETTER CHANCE OF HAVING SHOT AT IT.OTHERWISE THAT BUSINESS PROMOTION FEE IS DIVIDED UP AS BONUSSES BY THE BIG WHEELS OF THE COMPANY THAT SELLS WESTERN OR JAPANESE TECHNOLOGY AND DOES BUSINESS TRANSFERS. I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT POWER OR MILITARY BRASS STATUS GIVES YOU BETTER CHANCE ON IT.ZARDARI OR PAK GENERALS HAVE BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING THAT BUSINESS PROMOTION FEE THAN A WORLD CLASS ENGINEER.A WORLD CLASS ENGINEER SHOULD BETTER START HIS OWN SMALL FACTORY IF HE WANTS TO DEVIATE FROM CONSULTING.I TRIED THAT TOO, BUT MY BUSINESS PARTNER,A GERMAN CANADIAN DIED IN CAR CRASH IN CANADA IN NOVEMBER 2005 AND THAT SANK EVEN MY INVESTMENT IN FACTORY EQUIPMENT. BUT,I AM BACK TO CONSULTING AND I THINK I AM SUCEEDING IN IRAN RELATED VENTURES. I THINK ZARDARI MUST BE VINDICATED FROM CORRUPTION CHARGES AND HIS IS REALLY BUSINESS PROMOTION INCOME. AND GETTING TO POWER, DEMOCRACY OR MILITARY WISE IS NOT EASY.IN THIS WORLD, EVEN TWO PEOPLE CANNOT GET TOGETHER OR EMPOWER ONE ON THE OTHER.I CANNOT CONVINCE MY FEW NEICES OR NEPHEWS LISTEN TO ME NO MATTER HOW MUCH I HAVE HELPED THEM OVER YEARS AND YEARS.IT IS GREAT QUALITY TO POPULARIZE YOURSELF AMONGST MILLIONS AND YOU CAN EVEN LOOSE YOUR LIFE. AT LEAST,NO BODY WILL SHOOT AN ENGINEER.

Z Billo

United Arab Emirates

03 January, 2008

Pakistani World after Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan is safe under General Pervez Musharaf despite killing of Benazir Bhutto. Suddenly assassination drew worldwide interest in the Democracy of Pakistan.From USA Moscow China Japan Indonesia to Canada people were shocked in the sudden death of Benazir Bhutto , a female of international Fame.As Harvard and Oxford educated Benazir Bhutto was a two time Prime Minister Of Pakistan.Her Father was A Prime Minister.Nawaz Sharif was two time Prime Minister.She was Killed in the Military Garisson City of Rawalpindi.Islamabad Airport is nearby.In October there Was attempt to attempt to kill her near Bridge with Military set up nearby.In both case It was indicated that President Musharaf was behind killing.Hundreds of Banks private Cars and Elections Ballot Box had been destroyed.People of Pakistan watched helplessly As these foreign inspired looters property destroyers were attempting to destabilize Pakistan.They were looting and destroying asset. Fortunately Army is there to defend Pakistan from internal and external Threat. It was President Musharaf who were Allowing Nawaz Sharif Benazir Bhutto and Imran khan to Participate in the January 8 Election.He had lifted emergency as promised.He had installed caretaker Government in the interim.He had replaced PM Shaukat Aziz with caretaker PM Soomro.It is not impossible to analyse who might have killed BB.But Benazir Bhutto was two time prime minister before.We all know how she had performed.We know How Nawaz Sharif had performed.But both President Musharaff and Nawaz Sharif had compromised in their Pride and had decided to create election on January 8.2008.Killing of BB was disrupt Election destabilize Pakistan.President Bush of USA and Media of USA were superb In news coverage and analysis as friend.They showed great support.for Pakistan and Benazir Bhutto and Military of Pakistan in every respect.In fact, I have decided not to treat USA as enemy of Islam.In fact there is No movement to invade Iran or Pakistan.The world needs solution.Pakistan needs solution.Benazir Bhutto if alive and elected as new Prime Minister Of Pakistan or Asif Zardari or her son Bilawal as new leader could not have solved the problem of Pakistan easily Or the World problem who could not decide To defend herself from hostile enemy and assassasin .Everyone felt and advised her But she ignored with sweeping statement “ I hope god will prevent this happening” as If she was determined to succeed amid rhetoric “I am here to safe myself people of Pakistan and the country of Pakistan which I love and I am putting my life on line And willing to give it away for the sake of Pakistan and defeat dictatorship in an unfair January 8 2008 election”.Pakistan current leaders and talented Individuals with same Inspiration as that of Benazir Bhutto is now hard pressed to come forward participate And run democracy and Pakistan.

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